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Anti-Porn Activist Campaigns Against Niles Library Trustee

From the Chicago Tribune: Anti-pornography activist Megan Fox created a 2:30 video urging Niles IL residents to vote against incumbent trustee Linda Ryan.

In the video, which was posted on Fox's YouTube channel on March 11, she accuses Ryan of voting to allow child pornography on library computers. On Nov. 19, the library board voted to add content filters on adult computers that would block all nudity and pornography. At the time, viewing pornography was already against library policy.

During the meeting, Ryan was one of the trustees who voted against the filtering policy, arguing that it went too far, getting in the way of patrons' ability to access information. Fox used the clips from the meeting to suggest that Ryan would be fine with child pornography. In the video, she also insisted that American Library Association's policy were putting children in danger.

Darrington honors longtime librarian taken by the Oso mudslide

It's the anniversary of the death of Darrington librarian Linda McPherson and her library honored her memory. She was one of 43 people lost a year ago in the Washington state mudslide.

The Dangerous Effects of Reading

If you quiet your mind and allow yourself to stop judging everything you will find that you have more potential for innovation (at work, in the kitchen, in the garage, in the bathroom [this just got weird – bringing it back], with your hobbies, with your thoughts) than you thought before.  You were using the same brutal quality filter on yourself that you used on viral videos, talk radio, and blog posts.  You deserve better.

From The Dangerous Effects of Reading | Certain Extent

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Shed light on presidential libraries

During Sunshine Week, the annual reminder that open government is good government, Congress should shed some light on just who’s funding the nation’s presidential libraries.

From Shed light on presidential libraries

New York City's libraries badly in need of repairs: report

After years of being shortchanged by the city, some of New York’s libraries look like something out of a Gothic novel — with spooky abandoned spaces, leaky ceilings and chilly rooms, a new report found.

From New York City's libraries badly in need of repairs: report - NY Daily News

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Appeals court: Ky. library tax is legal

The Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 3-0 decision handed down on Friday reversed two circuit court decisions in Kenton and Campbell counties that declared the library districts in those counties had improperly raised taxes for decades.

From Appeals court: Ky. library tax is legal

Schneier on Security: AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, AT&T is forgoing revenue by not spying on its customers, and it's reasonable to charge them for that lost revenue. On the other hand, this sort of thing means that privacy becomes a luxury good. In general, I prefer to conceptualize privacy as a right to be respected and not a commodity to be bought and sold.

From Schneier on Security: AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them

Shhh…The Librarians Are Doing PowerPoint Comedy

At the California Library Association’s annual conference, librarians have given fake talks on real issues in their world, including “Outreach and Embedded Librarians” and “Innovation in the Modern Library.” The trick is to make the speech flow with baffling accompanying slides, such as a photo of exercise guru Richard Simmons in glitter clothing, and a jacket cover for a (real) book titled “How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children.”

From Shhh…The Librarians Are Doing PowerPoint Comedy - Digits - WSJ

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Teens escorted out of Capitol while protesting budget cuts to Mo. libraries

According to teen services librarian, Wick Thomas, everything went well until the teens got to Governor Nixon’s office.

The students were escorted out of the Capitol by security after the Governor’s press secretary said he was unaware that the group had an appointment.

The teens had previously met with other lawmakers and said they only had issues when trying to meet with Governor Nixon.

From Teens escorted out of Capitol while protesting budget cuts to Mo. libraries | fox4kc.com

Number of Libraries Dwindle in N.Y.C. Schools - Education Week

Despite the lack of book-related activity, Hillcrest is one of fewer and fewer schools in New York City that both have a school library and enough librarians to staff it. In a nation where traditional school libraries are shrinking in number or morphing into computer labs or digital media centers, the declines in library services in New York City's public schools are more precipitous than most, experts say.
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/03/18/number-of-libraries-dwindle-in-nyc-schools.html

Attack in Tunisia

The BBC covers the attacks at the Bardo Museum in Tunis where at least eight people including tourists have been killed.

Public Libraries and Hispanics | Pew Research

When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely to say that they see it as “very easy” to do so. At the same time, Hispanic immigrants who have made their way to a public library stand out as the most appreciative of what libraries have to offer, from free books to research resources to the fact that libraries tend to offer a quiet, safe space.

From Public Libraries and Hispanics | Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project

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The National Archives has failed to keep up with digital records

The Times story then returns to the saga of Clinton’s private email account, but the big, truly gasp-worthy story for the ages lies in those two sentences. The State Department is doing nothing to retain public records. Neither, others tell me, are the other federal bureaucracies. As a result, our history is vanishing into the ether. Major decisions—cataclysmic events—are happening all around us, but their causes may never be known.

From The National Archives has failed to keep up with digital records: Its incompetence is the real scandal behind Hillary Clinton’s email.

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Raising Kids Who Want To Read

In his new book, Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.

And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn't champion reading for the obvious reasons — not because research suggests that kids who read for pleasure do better in school and in life.

"The standard things you'll hear about why kids should read I actually don't think are very strong arguments," he says. "Because if the goal is to become a good citizen or the goal is to make a lot of money, I can think of more direct ways to reach those goals than to read during your leisure time."

Full piece here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/03/17/387774026/q-a-raising-kids-who-want-to-read

Cool buildings & a fairer world: When TED talks become books

Since then, a total of four TED Books (Simon & Schuster) have been published, the latest of which is “The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings,” by architect and Architizer.com founder Marc Kushner. It’s a beautiful little book with a photo of each building featured and a question each building seems to pose.

From Cool buildings & a fairer world: When TED talks become books - Bookish

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Why great novels don't get noticed now

'Dear Thief’ was one of the best novels published last year. So why haven’t you heard of it? Gaby Wood meets its author, Samantha Harvey

From Why great novels don't get noticed now - Telegraph

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Terry Pratchett was a true great, the equal of Swift

In an age of fundamentalisms, the author embraced doubt, the possibility that a stupid belief might have something going for it

From Terry Pratchett was a true great, the equal of Swift | Frank Cottrell Boyce | Comment is free | The Guardian

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Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage and challenge the Pope discovered in Cornwall

A book that helped Henry VIII take on the Pope and annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon has been discovered in a library in Cornwall

From Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage and challenge the Pope discovered in Cornwall | Culture24

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Google Art Project - Chrome Web Store

Art Project masterpieces from Google Cultural Institute in your browser tabs
Breathe a little culture into your day! Discover a beautiful artwork from the Google Art Project each time you open a new tab in Chrome.

With this extension, you’ll see masterpieces from Van Gogh, Degas, Monet and other iconic artists from museums around the world in every new Chrome tab. The artwork is refreshed every day, or change the settings to see a new image every time you open a new tab.

From Google Art Project - Chrome Web Store

Running for Public Office? Pay Those Library Fines First

A candidate in the race to be Kentucky's next lieutenant governor was arrested Wednesday on charges apparently connected to an overdue library book.

Johnathan Masters, 33, a Democratic challenger for the office, was driving to Bowling Green for a TV interview when a Kentucky State Trooper pulled him over. "He said my tags were expired," Masters told The Huffington Post. "I thought he was going to let me go because he was real friendly, but then he went back to his patrol car and was gone for about 15 minutes.

"When he came back, he asked me, 'Did you take out a library book 11 years ago?'" Masters said. It seems Masters had a warrant out for his arrest on of the charge of “theft by failure to make required disposition of property," a misdemeanor when the property is under $500.

"I started to laugh, but he said, 'This is serious!' and he took me to jail for three hours," Masters said.

Masters was booked on the outstanding warrant and paid $100 bond to get out. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 30.

"I plan to fight the charges," he said. "I'm going to request a jury trial."

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